Global Builders – Senegal
Though Senegal is 95 percent Muslim, perhaps no predominantly Muslim country on Earth is as welcoming to Christians and Christian values as is Senegal. It has a long history of peace among its residents of different religions with the faithful of each religion often celebrating and honoring holidays of the other. Religious harmony is a point of pride for the nation.
Join us in a scenic West African country that has risen above its past as the hub of the horrifying international slave trade and become a haven of stability and peace, being the only African nation that has never experienced a coup d’etat. On a side note, it’s also a surfer’s paradise, having provided some of the waves for the classic surfing movie “The Endless Summer.”
Click the "Request More Information" button below to express your interest in joining a trip to Senegal, or propose a trip of your own!
What will a trip to Senegal be like?
Each trip to Senegal will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers — typically 8-20 total — who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required.
Trips last 1-2 weeks and include sightseeing in this beautiful coastal African country. You will work on the outskirts of bustling Dakar, a thriving city with about 2.45 million people living in the metro area. The Atlantic coast region where we work enjoys much milder temperatures than the hot interior portions of the country.
Hospitality is a point of pride and ingrained into the national culture. Senegal is also renowned for its music and storytelling.
Project and Country Background
Senegal is a country of about 12 million people in a land slightly smaller than South Dakota. Its population is 95 percent Muslim, and the leader of our Fuller Center covenant partner there, Daouda Diagne, is a Muslim who embraces The Fuller Center’s Christian principles of operation. He also has background in the affordable housing movement from working with Habitat for Humanity until its departure from the country in 2011.
We are partnering with an organization named Staesen, which stands for Students Travel and Exposure Senegal, which Diagne leads. It is a grassroots Senegalese-created, Senegalese-led organization that focuses on community development, which starts with housing and includes comprehensive improvements in a community’s environment and living conditions. (www.staesen.org)
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. – Work site (with regular breaks)
1:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:30 – Work site (with regular breaks)
4 p.m. – Leave work site for clean up
4:30 – 6:00pm – Community events (viewing traditional wrestling or dance, community interaction time, local juice-making, and other cultural events.)
8:00 – 9:00pm – Dinner
Type of work
Our work will vary based upon the need and level of available funds. We will construct new houses, rehabilitate houses, and improve existing structures, such as through additions. We will typically use concrete blocks, which means that teams will do any of the tasks needed for moving these masonry homes towards construction: mixing concrete, laying block, digging, etc.
We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you if you would like to do so.
Food and Lodging
Volunteers will stay in a guest house named Maison des Amis de la Nature.
Breakfast and dinner are available at the guest house, and lunch can be provided at the worksite.
A van or small bus will be rented to transport the group. We will pick you up at the airport and take you the worksite each day. In short, we will handle all your transportation needs once you arrive to the country.
Rest, Relaxation, and Sightseeing
We will arrange for various cultural and site-seeing opportunities throughout the week, like traditional dance, music, food and drink, and even wrestling! Visitors can visit the National Museum to get a glimpse into the nation’s history, or even visit a Mosque to gain understanding of the the majority religion.
Do you want history or surf? Just offshore near Dakar is the House of Slaves, once a hub for the Atlantic slave trade and now a museum that stands as a reminder of the horrors of that era. Or take in the uncrowded beaches that provide a great vantage point for watching some of the best surfing waves on the planet. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you might try to catch a wave yourself, just as they did in the classic surfing movie "The Endless Summer."
Trips range from 7-14 days, and trip costs vary accordingly. Most two-week trips will cost $1750-1,950; 7-day trips will typically range from $1,050-1,250. More precise budgets are custom developed for each trip.
As trips with openings become available, we will post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click "Join" next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the "Request more information" button at the top.
If you’re an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a trip to let us know what you might like to do!